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    The acquisition of relative clauses in Dutch children and adolescents with Specific Language Impairments and their typically developing peers  
Iris Duinmeijer - University of Amsterdam
Jan de Jong - University of Amsterdam
Anne Baker - University of Amsterdam
Fred Weerman - University of Amsterdam

SRCLD Year: 2014
Presentation Type: Poster Presentation
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- Developmental Disabilities
- Language Acquisition
- Language Impairment, School Age

Relative clauses are acquired late in language development and show a gradual development. Object relative clauses, which typically have a non-canonical word order and involve movement of the object to sentence-initial position, are reported to be acquired later than subject relatives. It has been found cross-linguistically that object relatives are problematic for children with Specific Language Impairment (SLI). Because Dutch relative clauses are structurally ambiguous, the acquisition of object relatives might even pose a larger challenge for children with SLI.
In this study, the comprehension and production of Dutch relative clauses is investigated in younger and older subjects with SLI (6-10y and 12-16y) and their age-matched typically developing peers (N=30 per group). Preliminary results show persistent problems with the interpretation of object relatives in the SLI groups, but also shows individual variation in the acquisition of object relatives in the TD groups. The results will be compared to cross-linguistic findings and theoretical explanations for the subject/object asymmetry in relative clause acquisition and the (persistent) problems with object structures in SLI will be discussed.
Supported in part by: NIDCD and NICHD, NIH, R13 DC001677, Susan Ellis Weismer, Principal Investigator
University of Wisconsin-Madison - Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders